Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

“When the government of the magic world and authorities at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry refuse to believe in the growing threat of a freshly revived Lord Voldemort, fifteen-year-old Harry Potter finds support from his loyal friends in facing the evil wizard and other new terrors.”

Rowling, J.K. (2003). Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc. ISBN:978-0439-35807-1. Paperback. $12.99.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth book in the series of seven and man is it getting good. In this book, we learn about the secret Order of the Phoenix lead by Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, and also includes members Arthur and Molly Weasley (Ron’s parents), Sirius Black, Professor Lupin and a few others. We learn that the mission of the Order of the Phoenix is to defeat Voldemort and his lackeys. Harry defends himself and Dudley against some Dementors and gets himself expelled from Hogwarts. It’s overturned shortly after and he’s taken the the headquarters of the Order of Phoenix. Later at Hogwarts a new teacher named Umbridge from the Ministry of Magic starts her tenure as the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. Since she won’t actually teach defense spells, Harry and company decide to take matters into their own hands and form Dumbledore’s Army which is their own secret group for practicing Defense Against the Dark Arts. Umbridge gets overzealous with her power at Hogwarts, Harry and company and the Order of the Phoenix fight Voldemort’s lackeys and so much more. Things are started to get serious!

Awards won:

  • Bram Stoker Award for Best Work for Young Readers
  • Anthony Award for Best Young Adult Novel

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